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Winter is slowly creeping in on us and any change in seasons is the perfect excuse to renew our wardrobes. Being the super busy ladies we are, juggling families, full time jobs and our blog, online shopping is the ultimate shopping experience for us. This is why we were thrilled to find out about Shopping IL, an exciting online shopping extravaganza hosted by Google Israel, taking place on November 11-12.

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Shopping IL is an amazing initiative launched by Google Israel to give us all the opportunity to enjoy unforeseen sales, amazing prices and limited time offers at some of our favorite local online stores, with all products getting delivered to our doorsteps in no time! (well maybe a bit of time if you’re living outside the country 😉 )

We took part in Google’s event to launch this amazing initiative and got to meet some really cool local blogging and youtube-ing superstars, as well as enjoyed some Google-branded treats and beautiful views of Tel Aviv!

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Rony wore a button down blouse with a lace overlay pencil skirt, high heeled booties, snakeskin clutch, and a gold and leather pendant necklace.

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So here’s our wishlist for this very exciting shopping event:

Vera is crushing on Castro‘s gorgeous shawl coat which is both cozy and seriously chic

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She also has her eye on Story‘s camel booties which will be the perfect shoe for day to evening.

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Another one of Veras must-haves is a retro midi skirt, like this one from Story. Chic, ladylike, and perfect both for evening and for the office.

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Rony’s wishlist includes 1item‘s striped studded dress which ill be super chic with tights and thigh high boots

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Rony is planning on keeping warm in Rockglam‘s fabulous peacoat:

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What’s on your wishlist for this coming winter? Share your ideas on our facebook page!
We will be rewarding the readers with the most fabulous ideas with amazing coupons for the hottest online stores participating in this event!! So start sharing!

Wishing you all a wonderful rest of the week,
xoxo
V & R

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Hello blogging world, we’ve missed you! We pulled quite a disappearing act due to impossible schedules (which are tough to coordinate between the two of us), but we are back and so happy about it!

You all know how much we love to dress girly and sexy but at the same time we love to steal some styling ideas (and clothes) from our men. Wearing an oversized top, masculine cut jacket and a cool hat can make a very feminine look more accessible, casual and hip. We always feel more comfortable when we balance out our sexy pieces with more loose items. And remember, confidence is key to looking your best!

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For this post’s sexy staple items we both turned to Tmart, a cool website offering trendy and hip clothes, shoes, and accessories at amazing prices. For us this website is a very convenient one stop shop, as we hardly have time for shopping.

We picked out baroque printed miniskirts (find them here and here) which are flirty and fun and at the same time very comfortable! What more could a girl ask for?!

Vera wore her skirt with an oversized striped T-shirt, blue ballerina flats, and a checkered hat.

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Rony wore her version with a denim button-down shirt, Perspex oversized necklace, high heeled sandals and a camouflage hat.

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We accessorized with bright lip color.

We hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend and have a wonderful week ahead!

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xoxo
V & R

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This weekend marked Tel Aviv’s annual T-Market event, a fashion event that celebrates local young talents in design. Although the central idea behind this event started as a T-shirt market, it has expanded beyond and now features clothes, accessories, shoes, bags and even art, as well as cool live music and cheap booze.

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The whole layout of the event had a very market place feel, which we loved. It made the atmosphere cool and laid back and allowed the designers to get really creative with their displays. Not to mention that the designs on display were sold at (almost) market prices. The sales were insane and we just couldn’t resist. The accessible prices and fun young atmosphere made this a kind of fashion event for the masses.

Here are some of our favorite designs:
Shani Jacobi‘s interesting geometric jewelry incorporates leather, gold and Swarovski crystals for a look that is sure to make a statement.

IMG_23271 IMG_23281Rony picked out Jacobi’s minimalistic gold rings.

T-Market sold amazing clutches in just about every color, size and texture.

IMG_23301 IMG_23311 Rony picked out an oversized wicker clutch.

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Punchaos is a jewelry and accessories label with girly and retro designs. It is clear that designers Jessica and Yuval love to experiment with material and color and the results are beautiful.

IMG_23171 IMG_23161 IMG_23191We love seeing how designer Odelia gets better and better each time we see her designs. Her beautiful nature-inspired display caught our attention and we loved the designer’s new rings collection.

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Sackpack had a very chic adult version of that sack pack we used to have as kids, in various materials, textures and colors.

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One of the coolest displays by far were by Dima Gorbachev, who had his super cool T-Shirts taped to the walls.

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Natalie Motlis, the designer behind jewelry label Lilla My, is one that never fails to make us feel a serious sugar rush because her designs are so sweet and creative.

IMG_23641You may remember the label from this post and this post. From the adorable creatures adorning her jewelry (bulldogs, kitties, fish, rocking horses and many more) to the unique pieces they are made of, to the gorgeous display, Lilla My is always a treat!

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Rony wore a houndstooth print crop top with high waisted long shorts, peep toe bow pumps, blue and orange clutch, colorful necklace from Madrid and hair tie.

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IMG_23563Rony and her T-Market haul.

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Stay fabulous lovely readers!
xoxo
V & R

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When getting dressed in winter the first priority is to keep warm. Well, our first priority is to manage to stay fashionable while keeping warm. Therefore, our number one must have item in cold weather is a fabulous sweater!

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Both of us hardly have time for shopping, which is why we love online shopping! We recently discovered Everbuying.com, an awesome online shopping website which has a wonderful selection of chic and warm sweaters to choose from, as well as any other winter must haves you may be looking for. The best part of this website is that their fashionable merchandise comes in very low prices and free shipping! Now that’s our kind of fuss free shopping experience!

Christmas is right around the corner; every year the holiday season brings with it fabulous knits with adorable motifs, from the heart print to animal patterns. The thing about these cutesy sweaters is that we feel the need to dress them up so that we can wear them everywhere, from the office to the weekend. A great way to do so is by layering them and piling on the accessories.

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We picked out Everbuying.com‘s Rabbit Pattern Sweater, which is warm, chic and adorable!

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Rony dressed up the sweater by wearing it over a patterned tunic, leggings, thigh high boots, a statement Perspex and stones necklace and big rings.

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Vera made her adorable hearts print sweater more sophisticated by layering it over a polo shirtdress and putting it together with a silk scarf, knit tights and brown flats.

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IMG_10811 IMG_10801***Styling tip*** Play up your silk scarf by tying it into a bow. It makes the look more interesting and hip!

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We like our sweaters a bit oversized so that they can be piled over shirts and dresses for a chic layered look. More ideas on how to style oversized sweaters here.

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What are your favorite sweaters? Share them on our facebook page! More fashion and styling ideas on our twitter and instagram!

Wishing you all a wonderful week and a wonderful holiday season!
xoxo
V & R

Last month we were in Madrid for architecture week, a wonderful series of exhibits and conventions celebrating the city’s architecture and looking towards the future of architecture. Of course we took advantage of our visit to explore this beautiful city! IMG_98941

Architecture

Madrid has a beautiful range and mix of traditional European and contemporary, Hi-tec architecture. One of the most intriguing events of architecture week were tours exploring the city’s most prominent buildings, and seeing the progression of the city’s architecture throughout its history. IMG_4238

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Gran Via

The city’s most hustling and bustling main street is filled with all the must have shops (Zara, H&M, Pull & Bear, etc) as well as some of the city’s most beautiful traditional architecture.

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Caixa Forum

Caixa Forum is a museum and cultural center located on Madrid’s beautiful Paseo del Prado boulevard and one of the city’s most interesting contemporary buildings. IMG_13301 IMG_18251

The beautiful geometric structure was built by architects Herzog & de Meuron. It was built on the foundation of an old abandoned electrical station and the architects incorporated the steel aesthetic into the interior design as well. IMG_13541 IMG_13601 IMG_13661 IMG_13671

We loved the Caixa Forum’s museum store and spent hours going through the architecture and fashion books. IMG_13741

Next to the Caxia Forum is a building covered with a vertical garden: a green wall designed by botanist Patrick Blanc.

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This museum underwent modern renovation and expansion by architect Jean Nouvel and now has a beautiful rooftop overlooking the city, as well as a wonderful courtyard and sculpture garden.

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Beside the beautiful architecture of the palace and its lavish interiors, we loved the royal gardens.

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A beautiful park which sits on the Paseo del Prado, it is a wonderful place to relax, have a picnic, or go for a nice stroll. IMG_12391 IMG_12511 IMG_12641 IMG_12841 IMG_13101 IMG_13201 IMG_13241

A pleasant surprise: a modern art exhibit at the park’s gallery.

Salamanca

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El Retiro park leads up to Salamanca neighborhood, one of Madrid’s most expensive areas.

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Chueca

This is a central neighborhood which has become well known for being a gay friendly neighborhood. This area has some of the coolest restaurants, bars, cafes, and boutiques, as well as very cool street style. IMG_15161 IMG_15331 IMG_15371 IMG_15861 IMG_15971 IMG_15911 IMG_15951 IMG_15901

Markets

As in every traditional European city, some of our favorite attractions are the markets. Madrid has an abundance of them, some offering food and drink and some clothes, home goods, etc. IMG_13252

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This hip market and architectural gem has a delicious assortment of food and drink and seems to be the place to be at all times of the day and night. IMG_11152 IMG_11162 IMG_11183 IMG_11221

El Rastro

IMG_16441 This giant market spreads along several streets and reminds us a bit of London’s Camden Market. Here you can find everything from authentic high quality leather goods to graphic T Shirts, to 3 euro shoes (!!!). We clearly had to be dragged away.

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Nightlife

Spaniards sure know how to party! They spend morning to night in bars, restaurants, cafes, drinking all day long! Don’t miss out on the city’s fabulous nightlife. IMG_14321 IMG_16201

One particular must visit are the flamenco shows. We of course had to go for the best and visited Corral de la Moreria, a gorgeous traditional venue which also serves dinner and drinks and features the most prominent dancers in the country.IMG_17351 IMG_17371 IMG_17251 IMG_17471

The smartest thing to do when traveling is to check for any special events or attractions that take place during the visit. We were lucky enough to attend a special Hermes exhibit featuring the fashion house’s luxurious leather goods.

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What to wear

This time of the year the city is getting colder and starting to get more rain. The most wise thing to do is wear layers that you can peel off and pile back on towards the evening and night.

IMG_6236 IMG_14801 IMG_99352 Looking for more amazing places to visit in Spain? Check out our post on Barcelona and Montserrat. Follow us as we report from more awesome destinations around the world!

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Wishing you all a wonderful week!

xx

V & R

We once heard an urban legend about a drug operation burning outside the city of Barcelona, leaving the addictive drug fumes to be dispersed in the air across the city. Another version of this story is a Coca field burning outside the city, dispersing the Coca seeds in the air, giving everyone in the city a mysterious “high”. While these may very well be nothing but silly myths, there is without a doubt something very addictive about the city of Barcelona!

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Whether it’s the people, the food and drink, the atmosphere or the beautiful sights, we fell in love with this city. Here are some of our travel notes and recommendations.

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One of the most distinctly beautiful things about Barcelona is its architecture. Each building has its style – whether it’s art nouveau, art deco, or gothic architecture – old architecture sits alongside modern one and many buildings are decorated with street art. The architecture varies from one quarter of the city to the next and no two buildings are the same.

Santa Caterina Market, Gothic Quarter.

Gothic Quarter

It’s intriguing to see how the scenery changes so dramatically when entering the Barri Gòtic, or Gothic Quarter. The buildings here are much older, it is apparent that they have serious heritage, the streets are narrow and irregular and the boulangeries are to die for!

Neo-Gothic architecture at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross of Saint Eulalia.

We recommend visiting the Barri Gòtic Picasso museum, both for its beautiful architecture and for the art collection that tells the story of Picasso’s development as an artist.

Courtyard of the Picasso museum.

If modern art is what you’re after, visit MACBA, Barcelona’s museum of contemporary art which was designed by American architect Richard Meier.

The museum is located in El Raval, a neighborhood that used to be crime-infested but has in recent years become safe and hip. This area is covered in beautiful street art and cute little cafes and boutiques.

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El Raval street art.

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Gaudi

From Parc Guell to Casa Batllo, architect Antoni Gaudi designed some of the city’s most beautiful architecture.

Casa Batllo.

Organic forms at Casa Milà.

Park Güell.

The Segrada Familia, a UNESCO world heritage site, is particularly awe-inspiring.

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As architects we can appreciate the grueling work that went into the level of detail and craftsmanship; the building truly is a masterpiece. However, one doesn’t have to be an architect, religious, or Christian, to experience the exciting beauty and enlightenment of the place.

The building seems to be under never-ending construction (Gaudi passed before the project was complete), which is understandable as not even modern technology can compare to Gaudi’s level of talent and creativity.

Although the lines for tickets and entry into the church are insane, we felt they were worth it! The Segrada Familia is inspiring, unexpected and spectacular.

Montjuic

Home to the botanical gardens, the National Art Museum of Catalonia (MNAC), Joan Miro museum and the site of the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, this green hill offers the perfect locations for a picnic and beautiful views of the city.

Montjuic sclupture gardens.

We loved walking around the gardens and sitting on the stairs of the MNAC and taking in the view with a nice mojito.

Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya (MNAC).
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Mojito at the Museu.

Music

If you’re in the mood for some authentic Catalan music, the Palau de la Musica Catalana’s concerts are a must visit! The building is beautiful as well, quintessential art nouveau on the inside and the traditional facade was given a glass exterior.

Food

When it comes to the local cuisine, the most important advice we could impart is to steer away from tourist traps! Those are most commonly found across La Rambla, the main boulevard leading to Barcelona’s port; these eateries are not only overpriced but also aren’t a good representation of the amazing Spanish and Catalan cuisine.

Our favorite places were the tiny tapas restaurants and cafes in the Gothic Quarter, and the more chic ones along Passeig de Gracia, which is a very chic shopping area as well. A great dish to try out is the traditional paella.

Qu Qu Tapas bar on Passeig de Gracia.

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Sangria and tapas for lunch.

Another great idea for tasting an assortment of Barcelona delicacies is lunch at the Mercat de la Boqueria, the city’s biggest market, located on La Rambla. One can “hop” between the different stands and taste fresh cheeses, pastries and meat.

There’s plenty to try for dessert as well!

Shopping

When in Spain, shop like the Spaniards! Spain is home to some of our favorite affordable retailers: Zara, Mango, Pull and Bear, Bershka. These stores can be found on nearly every street corner. Another local favorite that we just had to visit is the cool Desigual.
Our favorite shopping spots though are the cute little local boutiques selling unique designs by local designers.

Monjuic has local artisan shops with unique jewelry and home decorations.

A very Gaudian ring from one of Montjuic’s artisan shops.

Outside the city

If you’re looking to leave the city and explore the area, we recommend visiting Monserrat hill and Monserrat monastery, a beautiful monk mountain retreat about one hour northwest of Barcelona.

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Another intriguing destination is the Salvadore Dali museum and theatre in Figueras, north of the city.

Our biggest recommendation, like in every big city, is to just walk around, explore and take everything in and “get lost” every once in a while. That is the best way to discover the city’s hidden gems, the ones that no travel guides can reveal! And if you do actually get lost, the locals are absolutely lovely.

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Street performers on Portal de L’Angel.

What to wear
This time of year Barcelona has the perfect warm, yet breezy weather. We love walking around in flowy, easy breezy dresses and skirts, comfortable flats and a bag just big enough to hold a camera.

Loose fitting studded dress, golden-toed flats and Ray Bans.

Loose fitting checkered maxi dress and quilted leather flats.

If you’re more comfortable traveling in pants, colorful vibrant pieces and bold accessories will do the trick.


For evening we like to wear pretty cocktail dresses and big colorful jewelry that match the city’s vibrant energy.

Seafood paella and oversized jewelry.

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xoxo
V & R

Israel’s Beresheet boutique hotel and spa was recently named one of the world’s sixty best hotels. Of course, we had to check out what all the fuss is about.

Beresheet sits atop a cliff overlooking Ramon crater in the southern Negev desert of Israel. Ramon crater is part of Israel’s biggest national park, the Ramon Nature Reserve.

The aptly named Beresheet (named after the Hebrew word for Genesis) appears to have risen from the sand in its primeval landscape like the beautiful rock formations surrounding it. The architecture was designed by Israeli architecture office Faigin Architects in cooperation with the British ARA Design.

We were deeply impressed by the architectural attempt to blend into the desert landscape and create something inherent to the site rather than something foreign.

The hotel offers top quality facilities and dining, a pool overlooking the crater, and a spa complete with amazing massages and treatments with which to spoil yourself.

What to do in the area:
The vast desert area offers lots of beautiful trails to hike through, whether above and around the Ramon crater or further north into the desert.

You’re sure to run into some mountain goats or the local ibex.

By the northern part of the hotel, right along the crater is a sculpture garden which you can hike through and enjoy breathtaking views of the Ramon crater.
If you crave a bit of fashion and style, the nearest town, Mitzpe Ramon has some very cool (and very cheap) vintage and second hand shops you can browse through to take a break from the hot desert sun.

On our next travel guide we will be covering some beautiful and exciting destinations in South America. Follow us for some more travel, styling, fashion, what to do and what to see, and of course, What We Wear!

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V&R
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